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    Windows XP doesn't finish installation.

    Hello all,

    I have a HP Compaq 6715b and when I attempt to perform a clean install on this laptop through their Windows XP CD, it goes through the setup and installs the setup files on the hard drive and what normally should happen is that it restarts and continues to finish the installation.

    However, at this point it restarts and then continues to do so in a loop so it doesn't carry on finishing the installation. There isn't any warning lights on the laptop to indicate me of a problem. I ran a HDD test through the BIOS and all passes ok.

    Just wondered if any of you guys had any ideas on this one?

    Thanks.
    Mo

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    Have you tried disabling "Automatic Restart on System Failure" thingy in Bios? Might be blue screening etc, and constantly rebooting due to it.

    Steve

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    Is it possible you can get into safe mode (if its available). It might be one of the drivers playing up

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    Disable onboard nic etc to see if bypassing those driver installs cures it?

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    Whats the Sata mode set to? i know it can be funny on those HP laptops sometimes as we used to have about 150.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Whats the Sata mode set to? i know it can be funny on those HP laptops sometimes as we used to have about 150.
    Im also guessing this. Seen this a good few times.

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    Sounds like SATA Mode or Mass Storage drivers...

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    Hiya guys,

    Tried the above things to no avail. I've seen it before with HP laptops in the device configuration where the SATA mode has to be disabled, so the sysprep can run after we've imaged in the past with Ghost and WDS. However, there isn't a SATA mode in device configuration. Tried looking elsewhere in the other menus for any other possible issue but can't see anything.

    The only things I can see in the device configuration is the 'HDD translation mode'

    At the moment it is set to LBA-assisted. To be honest I don't know what this means but thought it might be worth changing to the other setting which is 'Bit-shift'

    This didn't help as well. Tried restoring defaults on the BIOS to no avail. I know it will be something daft but can't see anything in the device configuration or built in device options that would be worth changing or something?

    Any other ideas guys?

    Thanks.
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    I had similar issuewityh Dell Optiplex 980; I had to change the setting for the CPU in the BIOS- it was something to do with how many cores are used to load windows and if not set correctly the installation halts halfway.

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    I would check bios update read me to see what issues it resolves, as may add more support or fix the issue you are having ? If so then obviously update the bios / cmos

    What SATA modes are there, is there any mention of AHCI mode or IDE Mode or can you take any photos so we can see what options you are getting in the bios ?

    Also the XP Disc is this a service pack 3 disc or what exactly ?

    Might also be worth while using nLite to intergrate the SATA / MASS Storage drivers into the xp disc and re burn a new xp disc and use the new xp disc and if its pre SP 3 then might also be worth while slip streaming it before burning it and try again ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mo_vigilante View Post
    At the moment it is set to LBA-assisted. To be honest I don't know what this means but thought it might be worth changing to the other setting which is 'Bit-shift'

    Mo
    LBA Assisted - guessing here so could be totally off the mark but from what I can gather ( Large Block Addressing aka LBA ) was for supporting larger capacity drives without having to partition them in the days of FAT32, at least thats what I think that is. Not sure what the Bit Shift is all about though.

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    as a bit o' daft i'd boot into something like BartPE and i'd run a chkdsk /r - it could be that there are some bad sectors on the drive and so the drive only gets so far before it goes kablooey or it could just be a faulty drive - then I'd do a full NTFS format using BartPE or something similar, then try installing XP again.

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    Cheers guys for all your inputs - I will try the above and hopefully have some luck.

    Thanks again.
    Mo

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    Quote Originally Posted by mo_vigilante View Post
    Cheers guys for all your inputs - I will try the above and hopefully have some luck.

    Thanks again.
    Mo
    Keep us updated / posted - would be good to know how you get on.

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    Thinking about it, it can't be SATA drivers being the problem. If SATA drivers were required, Windows Setup wouldn't find the hard disk and wouldn't install any files (on the first blue screen).

    I would try using a generic OEM disc and not HP/Compaq's disc. I would also try swapping the RAM and see if this makes any difference too.

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